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Short sleeves and straw hats. Winter in Florida!
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Richard and Therese have a brand new Beneteau Swift Trawler 50 but they couldn't use it all winter in the frigid north.

(NOTE: We no longer charter our boat but are pleased to come aboard YOUR boat anywhere for personal training with you and your mate)

This Canadian couple took advantage of our year round boating weather and came to Florida, learning aboard our training trawler SANDY HOOK. After 5 days with us in January and another 5 days in March they are ready to start cruising later this spring...once their own boat is back in the water.

First we learn about lines and safety on deck.
You never know when you'll need a bowline.
So proud!
Next we learn the basic concept of how the rudder and thrust from the engine work hand in hand.
Of course, some of the crew are quite comfortable at the we spend more time on below deck systems and navigation and trip planning with Richard.
A fill up before we head down to Fort Lauderdale for TrawlerFest gives us another opportunity to practice docking using just the engines- no bow thrusters!
Captain Chris explains the ABCs of anchoring before we actually lower our ULTRA anchor in Jensen Beach on our first night out.
SANDY HOOK at anchor just off the ICW at statute mile 987.
Sharing the waterway with a barge and tow. Important to know how to communicate with other traffic on the VHF marine radio.
Also important to know how to keep the boat clean after bringing up the anchor!
Alyse and Therese working hard at being back seat drivers...I mean GOOD NAVIGATORS!
Checking out the anchor as it sits on the sea floor using the look bucket and the dinghy. All is well and the ULTRA anchor sets perfectly the first time, every time!
Gotta make time for fun while at anchor in Lake Worth. Using the look bucket to see what creatures are on the sea floor.
Underway once again as we continue heading south on this unusual one-way training trip.
SANDY HOOK tied to a fixed dock in Boca Raton. One more day before they must fly back home to the northern climate of Toronto in January.
Bon voyage...on a plane this time. We will see you in March!
Welcome back aboard! Therese is an old hand at this for her second trip with us.
Our first night aboard on trip two. This beautiful bird is fishing for his dinner with SANDY HOOK in the background at anchor.
Richard catching some Florida sunshine.
Bert on his way back from shore patrol.
The dinghy dock at Stuart mooring field. Ours has the blue chaps to protect the surface from chafing at the dock.
Look closely over Richard's shoulder and you can see SANDY HOOK swinging on a mooring ball.
Heading over toward Lake Okeechobee to practice some locks. We are 14.5 miles from the Atlantic ICW and the start of the Okeechobee waterway.
Getting fenders ready and lines set are essential tasks so we are prepared to enter the lock.
The lockmaster tosses us lines from his bulkhead.
Therese snaps some photos in between adjusting the line tension for the rising water.
View from the Lake Okeechobee side of the lock.
Another docking practice using a mid ship breast line. River Forest Yachting Center is a great place to store your boat in a climate controlled environment and is a convenient stop off just after we come through the first lock. Practice makes perfect.
Back on a mooring ball after a successful run through the lock- twice! Bert enjoys a dinghy ride after his morning walk. SANDY HOOK swinging in the right upper corner of this photo.
Back through the Roosevelt bridges as we head back to home port.
Richard tries on a float suit. Safety is essential and we can help you learn all about your options. Comfort is important too!
A couple that cruises together has so much more fun...and we can't wait to hear about your own adventures aboard your brand new Beneteau 50 Swift Trawler this summer!

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